Habari Gani is Swahili for: “What’s the news?”
The NEWS for you is: EMPOWERMENT.
Here’s your EMPOWERMENT LESSON for the week of February 25:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Thomas Mundy Peterson
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American to vote after the passage of the 15th Amendment, Thomas Mundy Peterson was ALSO:
- Born to former slaves
- An active member of the (pre-20th century) Republican Party
- The FIRST African American to hold elected office in the Middlesex County (New Jersey) Commission
- The first “colored” person to serve on a city (Perth Amboy, NJ) jury
- Awarded a medal to commemorate his status as the first colored citizen in the U.S. to cast a vote under the 15th Amendment on March 30, 1884
Extra tidbits: Thomas Mundy Peterson’s medal is housed in a special historical collection at Xavier University of Louisiana. March 31st is Thomas Mundy Peterson Day in New Jersey.